The Northland Vikings and the Beechcroft Cougars meet on Friday for what could be an important matchup - while both currently have less than a 50% chance of making the playoffs, every win counts at the end of the season. The Vikings are expected to finish 4-6, good for 16th in Region 7. The Cougars are projected to finish 13th in Region 11 at 7-3. Beechcroft will be the favorite, projected to come out on top by a score of 26-12. The Cougars, the better team on paper, will look to prove their superiority on the field come Friday. One of the more familiar matchups of week 10, both teams know what to expect. Beechcroft will hope to continue the recent trend, in which they've won 3 of the last 5 matchups. In 2018's matchup, the Vikings came away with a 7-0 victory.
Northland comes off of a 33-7 loss against the Centennial Stars and will look to rebound this week as they hope to finish out the season strong. While the Vikings haven't been the most high-powered offense throughout the season, they have been improving week to week. In the last 5 weeks, they've averaged 27.6, up from their season average of 18.9, which ranks 73rd in Division 2. They aren't a top defense in terms of points allowed either, but they have given up less points in recent weeks. While they rank 74th in their division on the season with 29.6 points allowed per game, they've given up an improved average of 16.17 points over their last 6 games.
Beechcroft is no stranger to winning recently as they come off of a 3-game winning streak, including last week's 54-6 win against the Mifflin Punchers. That brings their record to 6-3 as they look to add another notch to the win column. The Cougars offense will look to continue to improve as they've scored an average of 47 points per game over their last 2 games, up from their season average of 23.2, which ranks 68th in Division 3. Defensively, they'll look to show more signs of improvement after giving up 6 points on average in their last 2 games, improved from a On defense, they'll also be looking for improvement, which they have shown signs of in recent weeks. Over their last 2 games, they've allowed an average of 6 points, an improvement over their 28th-ranked 16.6 points allowed per game on the year.
Prediction: Beechcroft to win (96.01% chance of victory)